Executor Compensation and Fees (MN)

If the will does not specify how executor compensation should be calculated, MN estates must follow state compensation rules (see MN calculator below).

In Minnesota, the estate executor is known as a "personal representative".

In cases where the will does not specify compensation amounts, the state of Minnesota uses the generally accepted principle of "reasonable" compensation in determining executor's fees, specifically considering:

  • time and labor required
  • complexity and novelty of problems involved
  • extent of responsibilities assumed and results obtained

It's common in MN to use a "services-rendered" approach, and bill by the hour (the hourly rate can be determined according to the factors above). Executors have also traditionally set fees as a percentage of the overall estate value, indirectly referenced by the "extent of responsibilities".

So for example, a $600K estate which required 750 hours of work might generate $22K in executor fees (see calculator below)

Whatever approach you decide, it is important that you keep detailed records of your efforts in case you need to justify your fee in court:

  • Nature of the task (e.g., Drove to bank to get medallion stamp for IBM stock)
  • Amount of time spent (e.g., 2 hours)
  • Hourly rate for the task (e.g., $35/hour)
  • Results (e.g., sold the car for Blue Book value)

Even if a will specifies the compensation for the executor (and there is no contract with the decedent regarding compensation), the executor may renounce the relevant provision before being assigned executor, and be entitled to reasonable compensation as per above.

See Minnesota Statutes § 524.3-719.

MN Compensation Calculator

EstateExec provides the following executor compensation estimator for MN estates, but please keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules for MN estates, and ultimately you must determine what would be reasonable for your particular circumstances. By using this estimator, you acknowledge that EstateExec provides any results as informational input only, not as legal advice, and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies for, or misunderstandings about, any given estate.

Below EstateExec provides two compensation approaches used in various incarnations throughout the United States: you can decide which, if either, is appropriate for you. The first uses a sliding percentage scale based on the total estate gross value (the larger the estate, the smaller the percentage); the second simply compensates the executor for the value of his or her time, and is probably the more common approach in MN. See estimation methodology for details.

You can use this calculator now, but if you use EstateExec to help you track the settlement process, it will automatically calculate the inputs for you based on the estate and suggest those values in the fields below (you can create an estate for free).

An estimate using Estate Value

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An estimate using Executor Hours

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See also Compensation for general remarks on executor compensation.

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